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    Boston «0310000105--

    Red Sox 5, Orioles 4

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    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - For Daniel Bard, it was a nice start. Especially since it was his first one in five years.

    Bard is being moved from a relief role to the rotation and he opened with two hitless innings Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4.

    Bard struck out two and walked one. The 26-year-old righty has made 192 appearances in three seasons, all of them in relief.

    "First, let's say that wasn't (Baltimore's) `A' squad out there and we all know that," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "That being said, Daniel's two-seamer was good, his four-steamer was good, he threw four sliders, they all did what he wanted them to do. He looked very comfortable on the mound, looked comfortable out of the windup, got into a stretch he was OK, and felt good afterwards."

    Bard made his first start since 2007, his first season in professional baseball.

    "I'm not going to go out and guarantee any great success, but I'm not going to rule it out, either. I can tell you that in my mind I don't see any reason why I can't go out and be as good as anybody on this staff. And we have some really good pitchers."

    "I'm not going to put any caps on what my expectations are," he said.

    Alfredo Aceves, also trying to transition from the Red Sox bullpen to rotation this spring, followed Bard to the mound and pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

    "Aceves looked like it was just a day at the beach for him," Valentine said. "He was throwing the ball well, and hit his spots, and used more pitches, and different type pitches than Daniel did. They all seemed to be pretty effective."

    Left-hander Dana Eveland started for the Orioles, allowing one run and two hits in two innings.

    "A little rusty a first, a little almost overly amped," Eveland said. "That was the first time getting that adrenaline pumped since September. It was a good feeling, but at the same time you've still got to hone it in, and I felt like I did a better job in the second inning. Fell behind three hitters in the first inning. Huge disadvantage for me because I'm not going to overpower guys. I've got to pitch ahead and that was the biggest issue, I think."

    Chris Tillman followed Eveland. In two innings, he gave up three runs and four hits. All the damage came in his first inning.

    "Tilly's capable of better than that first inning," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "At the major league level, we can't constantly be going through those adjustments."

    In his professional debut, right-hander Dylan Bundy pitched a scoreless fifth inning. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

    Bundy faced the top of the Red Sox lineup - Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Lavarnway. Bundy's only blemish was a walk to Pedroia.

    "Obviously, every pitcher wants to face the best," Bundy said. "That's how any pitcher gets better, facing the best. I felt that those three hitters in that lineup were pretty dang good. I came in the game, thought I was going to throw in the eighth or ninth. To pitch in the fifth was pretty special."

    Showalter was satisfied with Bundy's performance.

    "Another good step for him," Showalter said. "Good spot for him. Another step in the process."

    Ellsbury doubled and scored for Boston. Wilson Betemit drove in two runs for Baltimore and Nick Johnson singled and scored.

    Clayton Mortensen got the win, striking out four in 2 1-3 scoreless innings. Michael Bowden earned the save with 1 2-3 shutout innings.

     
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    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, RF3000001 .167
        Matt Antonelli, 2B-3B1000010 .500
    Ryan Adams, 2B2100110 .200
        Scott Beerer, RF1010000 .333
    Nick Johnson, DH3110000 .200
       a- Jeff Larish, PH-DH1000011 .000
    Wilson Betemit, LF2012100 .200
        L.J. Hoes, PR-LF1000001 .000
    Joe Mahoney, 1B4000023 .250
    Taylor Teagarden, C2100102 .000
        Caleb Joseph, C0000000 .000
        Gabriel Lino, C1000010 .000
    Ryan Flaherty, SS3110002 .429
        Steve Tolleson, 2B1000000 .000
    Josh Bell, 3B3010020 .143
        Trent Mummey, CF1000000 .000
    Xavier Avery, CF3012010 .286
        Manny Machado, SS0000000 .000
    Totals3246439  
    a-struck out for N. Johnson in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Wilson Betemit (1, Wilson)
    RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (2), Xavier Avery 2 (2)
    PK - Xavier Avery (1, Wilson)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Wilson Betemit 1, Trent Mummey 1
    E - Ryan Flaherty (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Dana Eveland 2211010 4.50
    Chris Tillman 2432010 9.00
    Dylan Bundy 1000100 0.00
    Pat Neshek 1000020 0.00
    Oliver Drake (L,0-1) 1211000 9.00
    Jon Link 1000010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 10-10, Chris Tillman 12-12, Dylan Bundy 7-3, Pat Neshek 7-7, Oliver Drake 4-4, Jon Link 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 2-3, Chris Tillman 3-2, Dylan Bundy 1-2, Oliver Drake 1-1, Jon Link 2-0
    Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 8, Chris Tillman 10, Dylan Bundy 4, Pat Neshek 3, Oliver Drake 4, Jon Link 3
    Boston Red Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF2110000 .200
        Che-Hsuan Lin, CF1000001 .000
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B2110100 .500
        Pedro Ciriaco, 2B-SS1011000 .500
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3111013 .200
        Josh Kroeger, 1B1000000 .333
    Ryan Lavarnway, C1012000 .500
        Luis Exposito, C2000011 .000
        Max St. Pierre, C0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, RF2011001 .333
        Jason Repko, RF2000010 .000
    Nick Punto, DH3000011 .000
    Alex Hassan, LF3000010 .000
    Will Middlebrooks, 3B2000000 .500
        Nate Spears, 3B1110000 .500
    Mike Aviles, SS3110000 .600
        Oscar Tejeda, 2B0000000 .333
    Totals2958515  
    Batting
    2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, Eveland), Pedro Ciriaco (1, Drake), Adrian Gonzalez (1, Tillman), Cody Ross (1, Tillman)
    SF - Ryan Lavarnway (1)
    SH - Jacoby Ellsbury (1)
    RBI - Pedro Ciriaco (1), Adrian Gonzalez (1), Ryan Lavarnway 2 (2), Cody Ross (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Pedro Ciriaco (1)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    PB - Ryan Lavarnway (1)
    Boston Red Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Daniel Bard 2000120 0.00
    Alfredo Aceves (H,1) 2000020 0.00
    Alex Wilson (BS,1) 1544200 36.00
    Clayton Mortensen (W,1-0) 2.1100040 0.00
    Michael Bowden (S,1) 1.2000010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Bard 15-10, Alfredo Aceves 10-10, Alex Wilson 16-7, Clayton Mortensen 16-16, Michael Bowden 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Bard 3-1, Alfredo Aceves 1-3, Alex Wilson 1-1, Clayton Mortensen 3-0, Michael Bowden 3-1
    Batters Faced - Daniel Bard 7, Alfredo Aceves 6, Alex Wilson 9, Clayton Mortensen 8, Michael Bowden 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9106
    Game Time - 2:44
    Temperature - 79
    Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Tim Timmons